While Brian Flores did enjoy a solid first season as the head coach of the Dolphins in 2019, he may have fallen a bit into that Belichick-ian trap with the hiring of Chad O'Shea to be the team's offensive coordinator. The former Patriots receivers coach essentially brought a New England-style offense to go along with Flores' New England-influenced defense. The complexity of the Patriots offense is tough for any singular player to grasp let alone an entire offensive unit, so it's no wonder that the Dolphins averaged just 19.1 points per game and ranked in the bottom 10 in offensive efficiency. … [Read more...] about Kyle Van Noy on Dolphins’ Foxborough influence: ‘This is not the New England Patriots’
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"I feel Morgan is pushing the point just a fraction, to be honest. I don't know how Hales wins back the trust of the team if they don't give him another chance. I feel they are being a bit harsh on him. He has been out of the team for a year and missed so much cricket. … [Read more...] about Alex Hales deserves another chance with England after serving punishment, says Nasser Hussain
Northeast, meanwhile, may reflect that he needs to bat at No. 3 - or higher - if he is to force his way into the England side. He is a fine player but in batting at No. 4, where he is expected to feature for Hampshire this summer, he is putting himself up against Joe Root. That's not a battle he's going to win. Increasingly it seems he'll be sharing knowing expressions with James Hildreth, who long ago stopped looking out for his name on such lists, when the pair pass on the county circuit. … [Read more...] about Unique circumstances provide no consolation for England’s outsiders
A 21-year-old Surrey offspinner who has been back in training at The Oval, and will come into the reckoning for the enlarged Test squad, having been part of the red-ball leg of last winter's Lions tour. Needed some "tough love" after struggling to regain fitness following a stress-related back injury in 2018-19 winter, according to Alec Stewart, but came back into the first team in style with a 14-wicket haul. … [Read more...] about Who are the new names in England frame?